Purusha Gordon - mum of two, aged 43 is no longer a stranger to wild challenges after a change of mindset 6 years ago transformed her life.
Having battled with depression and weight gain after the arrival of her children, Purusha realised something had to change. Approaching her 40’s in the worst shape and health she’d ever been in, Purusha’s mission became to create a healthy lifestyle, to rebuild confidence and self belief, living life for each day.
After completing 40 challenges in her 40th year, the love and passion for living life healthy and well opened up an opportunity to take on the challenge to build a team and row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean in 2021.
Purusha believes it is never too late to make a positive change to your physical and mental health and with a bucket load of determination and hard work, 6 years later she has set a new World Record, rowing across the Pacific Ocean as part of the Ocean Sheroes team.
Pulling together a challenge of this enormity in a global pandemic took a big dose resilience and positivity to overcome hurdle after hurdle.
Purusha now spends her time speaking about her journey to health and works under the umbrella of The Health and Wellbeing Expert.
Using her experience in this field Purusha is passionate about helping individuals and organisations create healthier, happier and more balanced lives.
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- Purusha, in her own words
- Purusha's journey to the Pacific Ocean
- Growing up as a sporty child
- Her fondness for water
- Having children in her mid-30s
- Smoking, drinking coffee, and weight gain
- What it’s like to go on a five-day detox
- Experiencing postnatal depression
- Why did Purusha decide to go on a detox
- What she did to get back into fitness
- Losing weight and feeling better
- Signing up for Tough Mudder
- Completing 40 challenges in her 40th year
- Challenges in preparation for the Pacific race
- 18 months of preparation during the pandemic
- Finding a team to complete the race
- How the team came together during the global pandemic
- What motivates Purusha
- Feeling empowered and stronger
- Rowing the Pacific Ocean in 35 days, 14 hours and 32 minutes
- Everyone having a role to play on the boat
- Putting friendship at the top of priorities
- Living life in the present and in the moment
- Disengaging from technology and its beauty
- The magical moments she had while rowing the Pacific Ocean
- Some of Purusha's future plans and challenges
- Moving into the health and well-being space
- "It's never too late to do anything."
- The story behind her first name
- Final words of advice
In June 2021, Ocean Sheroes set off in The Great Pacific Rowing Race, a 2,700 mile row from San Francisco, California to Waikiki, Hawaii.
Aiming to break the current female-four World Record of 50 days, 8 hours and 14 minutes, set in 2014, Bella Collins, Purusha Gordon, Lily Lower and Mary Sutherland set a NEW WORLD RECORD of 35 Days, 14 Hours and 32 Minutes